Sony's been quietly beta testing its television initiative PlayStation Vue for a little while now, but the platform holder intends to officially launch the programme in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia over the next two weeks. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, the manufacturer added that it intends to roll out the application nationwide by the end of 2015.

For those out of the loop, this is the Japanese giant's stab at Internet TV. Available initially for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 – with various apps for other electronics to follow – the subscription-based service aims to combine the best of live programming and catch up in one intuitive application. It's being billed as a genuine alternative to cable or satellite.

Popular networks already onboard include CBS, FOX, NBC, Comedy Central, FX, Discovery, and many more. It will, however, be missing ESPN, but PlayStation president Andrew House doesn't consider this a problem. "We are very confident that we have a very robust offering in the sports area with existing partnerships," he beamed.

Of course, the most important factor is price, which the platform holder's yet to really talk about. Pundits predict that it'll cost anywhere from $50 to $80 per month, which isn't a million miles away from your average cable subscription. If that's the case, the company may struggle to convince people to cut their cords. What would be the right monthly fee for you?

[via wsj.com, theverge.com, vg247.com]